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WHAT DEATH MEANS TO THE BELIEVER *
*Part 2 of 2*
*By Evangelist S. Lee Homoki*
*Hebrews 9:27*
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*COMFORT FOR THOSE WHO REMAIN*
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Death for the believer means (1) That there will never be any more
condemnation for them (Rom. 8: 1). According to Hebrews 9:27, man is
faced with two appointments: death and judgment. Romans 8:1 tells us
that the appointment with judgment has been canceled.

It is true that believers will yet face a judgment for rewards (2 Cor.
5: 10), but never will our salvation again be in jeopardy because the
Lord Jesus Christ was judged and condemned in our place (Rom. 4:23-25;
Gal. 3:13; Col. 2:13-14). (2) That they will immediately be ushered into
the presence of the Lord (2 Cor. 5:8; I Thess. 4:17). The key word to
help us appreciate this is the word "home." Who is afraid to go home?
Paul says he's at "home" in the body but would rather, willingly, be "at
home with the Lord." The believer is perfectly correct in referring to
the death of a saint as a "home going." (3) That they will never again
know any more pain, sorrow, tears or death because "the former things
are passed away" (Rom. 8:18-23; Rev. 21:4).

How wonderfully comforting this promise must be for those who must daily
suffer from emotional, mental and physical pain. (4) That we receive our
eternal inheritance (Rom. 8:17; Col. 1:2; I Pet. 1:4). Death does not
destroy our inheritance. Here on this earth all of our treasures are
subject to corruption (Matt. 6:20). These things are "seen as temporal,"
but thank God, there are unseen treasures that are eternal (2 Cor. 4:18).

The death of Christ and our identification with Him is assurance of an
eternal inheritance (Heb. 9:15). The Holy Spirit is our down payment on
this inheritance (Eph. 1:13-14). (5) That they will have a new home. We
have already pointed out that wherever the Lord is, according to Paul,
that is home. We are convinced that while Revelation 21 and 22 describes
the eternal glories of the New Heaven and the New Earth, I believe that
the new, eternal home for the Body of Christ in the heavenlies is beyond
description - not even described in the Bible! When that "man" of 2
Cor.12:1-5 was "caught up into paradise," he heard and saw things that
could not be described. Paul said, "of such a one will I glory." Oh, how
beautiful our heavenly home must be! Perfect! Prepared by God and can't
be improved upon! (6) That they await a glorious resurrection.

Paul says that he will be glad to trade in his old earthly tabernacle
"for a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the
heavens" (2 Cor. 5: 1-3). It will be a glorified, resurrected body
"fashioned like unto His glorious body according to the working whereby
He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself" (Phil. 3:21). (7)
That they will be a part of a family reunion. The great, wonderful Body
of Christ Family will be "caught up together," a reunion in the air (I
Thess. 4: 17)! The songwriter has correctly written:

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*"There's going to be meeting in the air,*
*In the sweet, sweet bye and bye.*
*I will meet you, meet you, meet you there,*
*In that home beyond the sky.*
*Such singing you will hear never heard by mortal ear, *
*Twill be glorious I do declare!*
*For God's own Son will be the leading One*
*At that meeting in the air."*

*Praise God!*
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Dear Friend, do you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour? If not,
why not take your place before Him as a ~Daily Inspirational~ ~ WHAT
DEATH MEANS TO THE BELIEVER~ #2 sinner? Sit in the sinner's seat.
Acknowledge your need for a Saviour. Cast aside all other confidences
and put your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and His work on the Cross
for your salvation. Tell Christ that you now believe on Him. Do it today!

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WHAT DEATH MEANS TO THE BELIEVER *
*By Evangelist S. Lee Homoki*
*Hebrews 9:27*
*Part 1 of 2*
*
Death is a fact of life. Having lived, given time, we all must die! The
Apostle Paul said that "death worketh in us" and that "our outward man
perisheth " (2 Cor. 4: 10-18). All men give a great deal of time and
discussion to the subject of death and yet it remains veiled in mystery.
We have all witnessed, or read about, some tragic death and pondered its
mystery. For me, I have always questioned: "Did they know Christ as
their Saviour?" "Why did this happen"?

In this life, God gives to every person good gifts. God is the world's
greatest giver (Jas. 1:17). He is an especially generous giver to all
those who believe Him, giving salvation to all that "call upon the name
of the Lord" (Rom. 10:12-13; 6:23; 2 Cor. 8:9; 9:15). God says to us
through the death of a loved one: "In this life you gain many things and
you lose many things. In this life you have loved ones and you lose
loved ones. I gave you the loved ones and I have taken them away, but I
am still here!" This is one of the reasons why Paul said to the
believers who remain "that we sorrow not as those who have no hope, "
and that we are to "comfort one another with these words." God is still
here and will bring those who are dead in Christ with Him (I Thess.
4:13-18).

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*CONFIDENCE FOR THOSE WHO DIE*
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Paul must have solved some of this mystery that surrounds death because
he was able to exhibit the same preparedness for dying as he did for
living and serving (Rom. 1:15; I Cor. 9:16-18 cf. Acts 21:13; 2 Tim.
4:6-8). This is surely the reason why Paul could say that to "depart and
be with Christ" was "far better" than living (Phil. 1:20-23).

Paul was ready because he knew: (1) that life is fragile and fleeting (2
Tim. 1:14; Jas. 4:13-15; I Pet. 1:14). Like David, he could say, "there
is but a step between me and death" (I Sam. 20:3). Our life hangs by a
very thin thread (Eccl. 12:6). (2) That the issues of life and death are
in God's hands. Job understood this when he lost seven sons and three
daughters in one day. He said, "The Lord giveth and the Lord hath taken
away; blessed be the name of the Lord" (Job. 1:21 cf. Matt. 6:25-30).
(3) That God's warnings must be heeded, or pay the consequences. The
warning of the Prophet Amos to the sinful nation of Israel, "to prepare
to meet thy God" (Amos 4:12), is a warning to all men of all
dispensations that "God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that
shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh
reap corruption" (Gal. 6:7-8 cf. 2 Thess. 1:5-10). The message is clear
that unless a man makes preparation to be properly adjusted to a holy
God, this will surely be a fearful day of reckoning (Rom. 2:5-10; Heb.
10:27-31). (4) That he had made the only decision that could prepare him
for death. That decision was to "believe on the Lord Jesus Christ" (Acts
16:31).

It only stands to reason that if a person is spiritually prepared to
die, that when it comes time for death, they will face death differently
than the person who has made no preparation. It is encouraging to note
that when it was "time for his departure, " the Apostle Paul had no
regrets, having "fought a good fight, finished his course and kept the
faith," he exhibits great confidence that God will give him a "crown of
righteousness" in the not-too-distant future (2 Tim. 4:6-8). In
Philippians 3:13-14, Paul describes himself as a runner consumed with
only one ambition and that is to win the prize for which God had called
him heavenward. And in 2 Corinthians 15:55-57, Paul thanks God for
victory over the sting of death. Death is not a defeat for the believer:
it is the final victory. Those who die and go to Heaven can laugh and
shout: "I Won! I Won! I won through Jesus Christ my Lord!"

God sees something about the death of the believer that is hidden to us,
at least we do not see it clearly (Rom. 8:18; I Cor. 13:12; 2 Cor. 5:7).
Whatever that something is, God says that it is "precious in His sight"
(Ps. 116:15). The Lord Jesus Christ is said to have "Abolished death and
brought life and immortality to light through the gospel" (2 Tim. 1:10).
Furthermore, the Lord Jesus Christ, as the mighty conqueror, encourages
our hearts by declaring: "I am He that liveth, and was dead; and behold,
I am alive for evermore. Amen; and have the keys of Hell and death"
(Rev. 1:18).

The believer, through the Word of God, accumulates more and more
confidence about the true nature of death. His worst fears are found to
be foundationless as he grows in grace and draws closer and closer to
what the Bible calls his "long home" (Eccl. 12:5). The believer even
discovers that his death is redefined as nothing more than a harmless
"sleep" (Jn. 11:11-14; I Thess. 4:13-14).
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